Gift Giving for The Foodie

Make the Foodie in your life jump for joy this holiday season with these awesome gift giving ideas. (We are affiliated with the following products. If you make a purchase from one of the links, we are compensated).

Stonewall Kitchen has fantastic gifts for UNDER $30!

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Gifts from JOSEPH JOSEPH are always favorites! Kitchen tools make great stocking stuffers. CHECK OUT COOL STUFF NOW!


The Ultimate Gift is this Bosch Universal Mixer. SHOP BOSCH NOW!


Keep the holiday cheer flowing all year long with gifts from MACY’S WINE CELLAR!


Give greenly this year with eco-friendly gifts ECOlunchbox Zero Waste Gifts!


Whimsical Tea Towels are everyones favorite! Give adorable tea towels that can be used year after year! SHOP TEATOWELS NOW!

HAPPY SHOPPING!

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Must Have Tools of Summer

Now is the time to indulge and enjoy the fruits of Summer. To make your life simple and enjoy cutting pineapples or pitting all of those cherries you must stock your kitchen with these awesome cooks tools. This page contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase from one of these links we make a small commission.

Tools for Strawberries
Chef’n StemGem Strawberry Huller
SameTech Easy Kitchen Tool Stainless Steel Fruit Pineapple Peeler Corer Slicer Cutter
Banana Slicer
Banana Scissors By Bright Kitchen Instant Perfect Chip Slicer for Dehydrating and Fruit Salad

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Avocado Tool – 5-in-1 Best Kitchen Utensil for Avocados; Dishwasher Safe Guacamole Maker Splits, Pits & Slices; Green, BPA Free (1 Piece) by Jokari

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Prepworks by Progressive by Progressive Cherry-It Cherry Pitter – 4 Cherries

Simplify Your Life with This Kitchen Gadget

A MUST HAVE GADGET FOR SUMMER!

I love this pineapple slicing gadget! Watch the video to see how simple it is to cut perfect pineapple chunks or slices.

This is the best pitcher for keeping in the refrigerator for delicious infused water. You definitely want glass for the best flavor. Make a purchase through the link and we make a small commission to keep things running. Hiware 64 Ounces Glass Pitcher with Stainless Steel Lid, Water Carafe with Handle, Good Beverage Pitcher for Homemade Juice and Iced Tea

The Benifits of Enamel Cast Iron

The featured photo is 8 thighs added to a dutch oven, braised then simmer while covered on the cooktop for about an hour.

Enameled cast iron is everywhere; from Walmart to Williams Sonoma. The quality and names will vary but  the reasons to use it are still the same. There are many benefits to cooking with enamel cast iron. I have been using Le Creuset for a few years now and love it.

The benefits to cooking with enameled cast iron is versatility, easy clean up, even heating with no rusting. I love that I can braise on the cooktop then go directly to the oven. From the oven to the table. It makes a nice presentation because of  it features a plethora of beautiful colors, shapes and sizes.

If you are considering purchasing enameled cast iron, I encourage you do so. You will be very happy and will probably build a collection. I prefer Le Crueset; however, it is costly.

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 You probably will want to start with this 5.5 quart. I mostly use this for chickens and stew. The sizes vary. They are pretty heavy so if you are unable to carry or lift things over 7 lbs it is not a wise to use. Shop now:  Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, Cerise (Cherry Red) the Cherry Red is my favorite since I chose to bring red into the color scheme of my kitchen. But, there is an array of blues, purple and green.

To explore recipes this is the perfect book to add to your collection. You definitely need a book because there is so much you can do with this pot. You want to make sure you’re getting the most for your money. I’m sure you will enjoy your Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven.

To keep it simple, use a whole roaster chicken; add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to brown, then add:

  • 1 large red onion chopped
  • 4 Sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 Lemon sliced
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 5-6 red potatoes sliced in half

Bake at 375° for one hour covered. Then another 30 minutes uncovered. Remove and let chicken rest in the pot for about 10 minutes.  You can add optional carrots or other vegetables of your choosing.

 

Grilling Favorites

Let’s crank it up and get ready for summer with seasoning and sauces from Trisha Yearwood.

We grilled chicken with her sweet rib sauce and sprinkled Summer Seasoning on the zucchini. Everything was simple and delicious. Check it out!

For the purpose of this demo we used the Phillips Infrared Grill from Williams Sonoma.